Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader

Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader

by Alexander Berkman, Howard Zinn
     
 

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America's most famous 20th century anarchist, newly repackaged with an introduction by Howard Zinn.See more details below

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America's most famous 20th century anarchist, newly repackaged with an introduction by Howard Zinn.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A failed assassin, anarchist, lover of Emma Goldman and clear-eyed critic of the Russian revolution, Alexander Berkman (1870-1936) immersed himself in the political passions of his time, and this rich collection of his writings revives his witness. During the Homestead Strike of 1892, Berkman attempted to assassinate industrialist Henry Frick; excerpts from his somewhat melodramatic prison memoirs show Berkman's lofty idealism matured during his 14-year term. Selections from his magazine, The Blast, argue urgently against war and for birth control, worker unity and free speech. Most valuable are Berkman's accounts of Russia, where he was deported in 1919, and which he left two years later. His initial optimism was quickly tempered by glimpses of an autocratic regime, especially the repression of workers at Kronstadt. Also included are Berkman's naively faithful primer The ABC of Anarchism, and several letters to and from Goldman. In one exchange, they debate the value of violence; in another, Goldman calls Berkman ``the greatest force in my life.'' Fellner, an activist and artist who edits the GLF Occasional , has selected and annotated the entries well. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609800062
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,074,342
File size:
2 MB

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